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St. Louis is business as usual for Anderson Madison, Ill. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, arrives at the 7th annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals leading the Pro Stock points. Even with the weight of...

St. Louis is business as usual for Anderson

Madison, Ill. -- Greg Anderson, driver of the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, arrives at the 7th annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals leading the Pro Stock points. Even with the weight of a potential championship in the balance, it is business as usual for Anderson.

"Everyone keeps asking me about the championship, but honestly I don't think about it that much," said Anderson of Charlotte, NC. "I mean it is always there in the back of my mind, but I know that if I dwell on it too much I will make myself nuts. So I try to focus on the job at hand, and right now, it is this weekend's race in St. Louis.

"Really, I think it is too early to talk about points. I may be leading, but Kurt (Johnson) and Warren (Johnson) are breathing down my neck. And look at what Jeggie did last year. Truthfully, I think this points race is just about to heat up. The western swing is really going to sort things out. I think that once we get past the western swing, then it should be narrowed down to about five guys who could walk away with the title. I just hope I am one of them. Then I will start worrying about points. For now, I am focused on St. Louis."

"I feel pretty good about this weekend. I think St. Louis has a bad reputation. The last two races here it was unbearably hot and humid. That made it hard to get down the track, which is the reason for its bad reputation. However, this weekend is an all night race so it should be a different story."

"Personally I love night racing. The weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid-eighties, and we are qualifying at night. Without the sun on the track, combine that with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees cooler, and it is a whole new ball game. Those two things right there are going to make this a much better race. I think the fans will get to see a lot of good side by side racing Sunday night, and hopefully we are one of the teams they will be watching."

Anderson Quick Facts

Currently #1 in 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points (1006 points)
Won 2003 Checks Shucks Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz.
Won 2003 Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev.
Won 2003 K & N Filter SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ
Won 2003 O'Reilly Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan.
Won 2003 Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio
Runner-up at 2003 Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.
Three Semi final round appearances in 2003 (Pomona 1, Gainesville & Chicago 1)
Finished 3rd 2002 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Points
Career Best ET 6.670 (Englishtown 2003)*
Career Best Mile Per Hour 207.18 mph (Englishtown 2003)*

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